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Guest Author – Rosie Wilby on Love (and Creativity) in London

We’re on a roll with this year’s Summer Reads guest line-up. Last week’s post on Older Love by Catherine McNamara has been resonating loudly with readers for its rare affirmation of what later life can hold for women.  Today I’m excited to welcome comedian and author Rosie Wilby to share her unique perspective on matters … Continue reading

How I came to own two bookshops (kind of)

Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who contributed to the fantastic buzz about the cover and opening pages of my new novel Scent last week. I am so happy to see this much interest in a book that is excruciatingly close to my heart (probably just as well I didn’t realise how much at the … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Eleni Kyriacou on 1950s West End, London

When I released the Spring Sofa Spotlight last week, commenting that books can bring comfort and refuge in troubled times, I had no idea how much worse things were about to get. But the principle stands, with many turning to the arts to help us through this scary and unprecedented (in our lifetime) crisis – … Continue reading

My Writing Room

In case any of my followers who aren’t on social media are interested, this week I had the pleasure of being Avril Joy’s guest in her Writers’ Rooms series and you can read the post here.  If you’d like to see yours featured, Avril welcomes everybody and makes the very important point (I believe) that a … Continue reading

Guest Author – Anya Lipska: The Challenge of setting Crime Fiction in London’s Polish Community

Crime is rare on the Literary Sofa, but I am not immune to it.  I have real admiration for anyone who can write good crime fiction, which seems to demand a layer of extra skills. I can’t critique or review this genre because I don’t understand its mysterious workings, but as a reader the crime … Continue reading

The Joy and (mostly) Horror of Houseguests

Last week we had a family of French friends staying with us, which led me to reflect on the subject of houseguests.  This time we were exchanging bisous by the hundred with my oldest friend, her husband and their three children, the youngest of whom is my gorgeous eight-year-old goddaughter.  Although we usually meet in … Continue reading

Blog Anniversary Competition (now closed)

NOMINATE THE BOOK YOU’VE ENJOYED MOST THIS YEAR FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A LITERARY LUNCH IN LONDON OR ONE OF MANY EXCITING BOOK PRIZES *Update – see below for Winners.  Congratulations to the lucky entrants picked at random and to everyone who took the time to enter.  The nominations were so fascinating that I’ve … Continue reading

Things I Love and Hate about the London Underground

Life’s a bit hectic with my new manuscript at the moment (up to chapter 6 already!) – no time for features, hence this week’s non-bookish offering.   After my last writers’ workshop on 9 July, things will quieten down a bit – for me – just as everything starts to hot up for the London Olympics.  It’s … Continue reading

A Summer’s Afternoon in Marylebone

It says something about this year’s so-called ‘summer’ in the UK that an afternoon out in my home city without getting soaked merits a blog post, but this, in pictures and words, is the tale of a lovely outing yesterday with my husband and 10 year old son. The London district of Marylebone is one of the … Continue reading